The Department is comprised of 27 personnel operating out of two fire stations. It is staffed with full-time, part-time, and volunteer by paid-on-call personnel providing Paramedic level EMS services and transport. Volunteer personnel are all City residents who respond to reported structure fires, serious accidents, and other major incidents. The Department has an annual response of approximately 2,000 calls. The City is an ISO Class 4.
Fire Station 1 is located directly across from City Hall at 201 East Edwards Street. Station 2 is located off Historic Route 66 at 1 Skyview Drive. Out of these stations, the department operates one Rescue Engine, two Engines, one Tower Ladder, Dive Squad, three Advanced Life Support Ambulances and various supports units.
The Department is a member of MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) Division 56 being one of 69 Divisions in the State. The Department operates a Dive Team and is part of the Hazardous Materials Response Team.
Training of personnel is done under the standards and requirements of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and state certification with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Division of Personnel Standards. Emergency Medical training of EMT's and Paramedic is done nder the requirements of the Department of Public Health and our resource hospital, St Johns in Springfield.
Come join our department and see what it takes by stopping at one of the stations or calling 217-324-8171 .
- If you are a Litchfield resident, the City will cover the cost of all training that is needed. This included basic Firefighter Academy and EMT training.
- Once you are a licensed EMT, you are able to work part-time on the ambulance .
- U.S. citizen
- Over 18 years of age and under 35 years of age
- Possess a High School Diploma or General Educational Development (GED)
- Valid driver's license
Public Education is a key component of the Department. The first goal of the department is to prevent fires and injuries before they occur. The department's programs are designed to educate children and adults alike in methods to prevent accidental fire and personal injury.
Additionally, the public education programs strive to educate citizens in methods to deal with actual emergencies before the arrival of professional help.
- Public Education programs and activities include:
- Comprehensive fire safety training for children in schools and preschools
- Fire Prevention Week Activities in October
- Fire extinguisher training
- Installation of FREE Smoke Detectors in single family residences
- CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for citizens and first responders
- Fire station tours for children and citizens
- Summer block party appearances
- In-station birthday party education sessions
To schedule classes or fire station tours, or for additional information, please contact the department at 217-324-8171.
The state of Illinois requires that all fires be investigated to determine their cause and origin. The Fire Department's Investigation Team has three investigators, one of which is an arson investigator who can arrest those suspected of starting a fire.
The investigations can determine if a fire is due to criminal activity or faulty equipment.
The Litchfield Fire Department also has teams that specialize in investigating and handling hazardous material and in underwater recovery and rescue.